Rand Corporation

RAND Corporation is massive. Its people number 1,850 across 50 countries, representing 80 languages. More than half of the researchers hold one or two doctorates, and 38 percent hold one or more master’s degrees. Together, this team performs research and analysis so that public policy can be challenged and changed through evidence-based findings. Basically, RAND…

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Prison Education Project

The Prison Education Project (PEP) utilizes faculty volunteers and university students to provide education in 12 California correctional institutions. To date, PEP has reached 6,000 inmates since 2011, making this initiative the largest volunteer-based prison education program in America. The ultimate goal of PEP is to flip the school-to-prison pipeline around, creating instead a prison-to-school…

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Northwestern Prison Education Program

Recently, we discussed the positive role liberal arts education has in prisons. Today, we take a closer look at the Northwestern Prison Education Program, which provides tuition-free liberal arts degrees to inmates in Illinois Stateville Correctional Center (SCC). Northwestern launched as an institution for higher learning in 1855. Five years prior, nine men sat down…

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President Trump’s Prison Education Plan – Is it Enough?

On August 9, President Trump sat down with governors and state attorneys general to discuss prison reform and prisoner education. The majority of America’s prison population is held in state-run facilities and given that America has the highest incarceration rates in the world – the meeting was an important step in addressing these issues. Or…

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the blue and red logo for Fight Crime: Invest in Kids is pictured

By Christopher Zoukis In early April, law enforcement members and members of the Chester County state legislative delegation met to discuss the impact pre-K funding could have on future crime. Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, one of the committees in the Council for a Strong America network, is a non-profit, bipartisan organization made up of…

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Russell Hawthorne

Russell Hawthorne, or Rusty to his inner circle, had been released from Coffee Correctional Facility in Nicholls, Georgia — but he returned— gladly. He didn’t go back to be behind bars. He went back to join his graduating class and receive his welding certificate. The prison education program he went through while incarcerated did exactly…

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